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Making It Plain‌. Make MakePlain, Plain,Jesus JesusMinistries MinistriesI IMarch June 2013

Every Environment Requires Criteria Working in the marketplace requires a unique combination of faith, excellence and compassion. Many times as a believer of Jesus Christ, we sometimes force witnessing the gospel into a "one" boxed package. When we are among our congregations, we all can generally speak the same languages of faith and understand the motives of hearts.

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When we are among people of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds, "our" beliefs are put to the test of "being in the world and not of the world". This means that you walk among many people sharing "Jesus" through means of compassion, justice, a spirit of excellence and more importantly, love. I have worked in the "mountain of government" for over 15 years. I have worked from the ranks of a clerk to the heights of Office of the White House as the liaison for my state for Faith Based Initiatives. Over the 5 years of interacting with government, grassroots and faith leaders, I have found that we all have the same common goal and that is to serve our communities. How we get there and communicate is what I call the "struggle in between". For some reason we have separated the Church from government and the government from the Church. When people would say to me that we can't work with the government, I would then say but I am the government as well. God has placed people such as me in every area of influence and we have learned to walk in both worlds without compromising our Godliness.

BY DR. CHERYL HILL

Just as our brothers in the faith such as Daniel, Moses and Joseph have shown us that we have to learn how to "enter an environment" to be seen and heard, I have learned that every environment has criteria. When we are sent into the marketplace, we have to understand that everyone is not a believer of God. This requires that we become all that God is. In doing this we witness the excellence, care and wisdom of God in practical ways. It is absurd to come into the midst of those that are Muslim and say "praise the Lord" but we can say "good morning". We should not go to a business meeting with flamboyant clothing expecting someone to take us seriously. There is a standard of dressing to enter into a business meeting and to be taken seriously. We must use practical ways to set the atmosphere to be heard. We cannot go into a government or corporate meeting and say "wait a minute let's pray first". You should have already prayed and asked God's guidance and wisdom and proceed to administer the wisdom of God through your work and expertise. If your colleagues or business partners desire prayer, God will open the door for you to do so. Once we are established as people who are wise and can "add value", we then become vessels to be used as ears to listen to our colleagues challenges. We are then free to administer words of wisdom and become known as ones with solutions. Then we become answers in a safe environment. (continued on page 4) 3

Make Plain, Jesus Newsletter June 2013  

A newsletter of hope, of love, of Jesus. These quarterly newsletters are designed to encourage you in your everyday life.

Make Plain, Jesus Newsletter June 2013  

A newsletter of hope, of love, of Jesus. These quarterly newsletters are designed to encourage you in your everyday life.

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